Thursday, November 29, 2012
Some Gas in Every Tank and a Lie in every Fuel Gauge [tf charts]
Sort of off topic, but practical, so here you go.
So this morning i get into the car a little late, and notice that my gas fuel gauge has the needle steady riiiight about the 1/4 tank mark. One way for me is 26 miles, so my brain said "yeah, I should be good." I mean looking at it physically, 1/4 of a 16 gallon should net me about 115 miles. But it's not true. IT'S ALL LLLIIIEEESSSS. Click the image to see it full sized and legible.
In my gut I knew better. All the cars I've driven suffer from a similar issue - the gauge drops from full to 3/4 at a very slow rate. then from 3/4 to 1/4 it plummets like a stone, only to slow down again at the 1/4 mark. Of course my gut was right. Over 26 miles 1/4 dropped to 0 and that fun little fuel light went on, luckily enough to get from work to the gas station.
You see this auto builders? That noise just ain't right.